Coarse & Game Fishing on Rivers in County Durham & North Yorkshire

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County Durham:

River Browney. The Malton & District Angling Club controls about 2 miles of the upper Browney (a tributary of the Wear) downstream from Lanchester. Species: Brown Trout (fly & worm) Website:

River Derwent. Forming the border between County Durham and Northumberland, the first fifteen miles immediately below the dam of Derwent Reservoir (down as far as Lintsford) are under the control of the Derwent Angling Association, based in Shotley Bridge. The river contains Brown Trout and Grayling and fishing is by fly only. Day tickets are available from the Post Office in Shotley Bridge or Frasers Angling, Coatsworth Road, Gateshead. Membership details can be found at: See also the entry for Northumberland and Tyne & Wear.

*Advice and tips for fishing on the River Derwent can be found in the article “Winter Angling Part One  in Where To Fish. History buffs can find out all about The Derwent Angling Association and its history and development from 1865 to the present day in “River of Eternal Youth, Parts One to Three” found under Angling Culture.

River Tees. Traditionally, the Tees formed the boundary between Durham and the North Riding of Yorkshire along its entire length, but following boundary changes in the 1970’s the border moved south, transferring the upper Tees and its tributaries into a new and enlarged County Durham. Following the dissolution of Cleveland some twenty years later, the Tees does at least now constitute the boundary between North Yorkshire and Durham from Gainford to the sea and is home to a rapidly improving mixed coarse and game fishery throughout its length.

In the upper reaches, Upper Teesdsale Estates have approximately two miles of the north bank to the west of Middleton-in-Teesdale. Fishing is for Brown Trout, Sea Trout and Salmon and permits are available from Raby Estate Office (near Staindrop on the A688 between West Auckland and Barnard Castle), High Force Waterfall Gift Shop and Raines Ironmongers in Middleton. Further details can be found by telephoning 01833 640209 or emailing:

Further downstream, the Barnard Castle Angling Association has fishing on the Tees at Barnard Castle for Brown Trout, Sea Trout, Salmon and Grayling. Permits can be obtained from Wilkinson’s Gun Shop, Castle Café or the Tourist Information Centre in the town.

Bishop Auckland & District Angling Club has a stretch of the Tees above and below Egglestone Bridge about two miles downstream of Barnard Castle. Target species include all those found at Barney, plus a variety of coarse species. Further details on Bishop Auckland’s website:

Ferryhill & District Angling Club controls around a mile of the Tees near Middleton-One-Row, on the County Durham side of the river close to Darlington. Target species include Chub to 5lb, Roach to over 1lb, Barbel to 9lb, Pike to 20lb, Perch to 3lb and Dace to 12oz. There are also Grayling and Trout. Information on season permits can be found at

Middlesbrough Angling Club has two stretches of the Tees in its middle and lower reaches, where the quality of the coarse fishing tends to be of a premium. At Over Dinsdale, near Darlington, and Stockton the key species are Pike, Barbel, Chub, Dace and Roach. Permits for these stretches can be bought from Redcar Angling Centre, 159 High Street, Redcar, or Anglers Choice, 98 Cumberland Road, Middlesbrough.

*See also “The Credit Crunch List” [in this section] for information on Free Fishing on the River Tees at four locations.

River Wear. There are some excellent stretches of mainly mixed game and coarse fishing under the control of several clubs on the river Wear. Durham City Angling Club controls fishing on three beats – Shincliffe/Maiden Castle, Cathederal/Prebends and Chester Moor. The stretch from Shincliffe to below Maiden Castle is an almost uninterrupted three mile continuum of first single then double bank fishing that can produce anything from Brown Trout to potential British record Dace, double figure Sea Trout to specimen Barbel. Chub are present throughout. The Cathederal/Prebends stretch consists of mainly deep slow water beneath towering valley sides in Durham’s iconic meander, yet it has an unlikely reputation for being one of the few places in Northern England where you can catch Barbel in midwinter. Chester Moor is another fine beat for both coarse and game angling, found by taking the track that goes off the A167 Chester-le-Street Bypass just behind Croxdale Autos. There are no day tickets for these waters, but Outside Visitor’s Membership is offered at the reduced rate of £25/season to anyone residing outside the post code areas CA, DH, DL, NE, SR, TD and TS. Information on all forms of membership of DCAC can found at:

Chester-le-Street Angling Club offers coarse and game fishing from Finchale Abbey, near Durham, almost all the way downstream to where the A1 Motorway crosses the river Wear about a mile below Chester-le-Street. Day Tickets are available for the C-L-S Park section and are issued by Chester-le- Street District Council from the Riverside Leisure Centre, located at the far side of Durham’s Riverside Cricket Ground. CLSAC’s website is:

Bishop Auckland & District Angling Club offers 20 miles of fishing on the River Wear for Salmon, Sea Trout, Brown Trout & Grayling. The fishing beats of BAaDAC start in Weardale at Witton-le-Wear and stretch downstream to Croxdale, just outside Durham City. There is a lot of double bank fishing, affording good access and the club welcomes members and visitors, website:

Ferryhill and District Angling Club is an established mixed fishing club with waters on the river Wear at Page Bank, Croxdale, and Chriton Avenue (Chester-le-Street), as well as a stretch of the Wear’s tributary the River Gaunless. Information about membership can be found on the unofficial Ferryhill Members’ website:

The middle-Wear is also home to local landmark and tourist attraction Finchale Abbey, which is found by leaving the A167 at Pity Me and following the road straight past the Arnison Centre and on down under the railway line to the village of Brasside.  After passing through the village take a left turn (Frankland Prison is on your right) about 100 yards before the road straight ahead narrows out. The abbey is about half a mile down the road to the left and well signposted all the way from the A167. There are day tickets available from the site shop to anyone wanting to fish this stretch of the Wear, which is a mixed fishery. Details here.

There are also several stretches of the Wear best suited to game fishing, mostly in the upper reaches in Weardale. The Upper Weardale Angling Association has about six miles of fishing for Brown Trout, Sea Trout and Salmon from Cowshill in the upper dale down to Westgate. Permits can be obtained from the Post Office in St. John’s Chapel or the Blue Bell Inn.

Weardale Fly Fishers have four miles between Eastgate and Stanhope. Day tickets for that stretch can be bought from Stanhope Newsagents in Front Street, Stanhope.

*See also “The Credit Crunch List” [in this section] for information on Free Fishing at two locations on the River Wear at Durham, and the article “The Coarse of The Stream” in Angling Culture for background on the Wear’s coarse fishing. Useful tips for game fishing on the river near Durham City can be found in the article  “Spring Fishing Part One-” in Where To Fish.


North Yorkshire:

River Esk. The Esk is officially North Yorkshire’s only Salmon and Sea Trout river and, with its only other natural inhabitant being the Brown Trout, this is truly a game fisherman’s river.  Egton Estates have one and a quarter miles of fishing with named pools available at Egton Bridge, but fishing is limited to threes rods per day. Booking in advance is therefore essential by phoning the estate office on 01974 895466.

River Leven. A tributary of the lower Tees, the Leven rises in the Cleveland Hills above Stokesley and enters the Tees on its Yorkshire bank. Middlesbrough Angling Club has a stretch of the river near to the confluence at Yarm, with Brown Trout, Chub, Roach and Gudgeon the target species. Permits can be obtained from Redcar Angling Centre, 159 High Street, Redcar, or Anglers Choice, 98 Cumberland Road, Middlesbrough.

River Swale. The upper Swale is almost exclusively the preserve of the Richmond and District Angling Society. Their stretch of the river is effectively spit in two by Richmond Castle falls, the waters above the falls containing Brown Trout only and those from Mercury bridge, in Richmond, down, counting Trout, Grayling and numerous coarse species among their number. The deep pool beside the old station in Richmond, Easby Bend (about a mile downstream) and Great Langton, near Northallerton, are all locally renowned for their coarse (and in particular barbel) fishing potential. R& DAS membership is restricted to residents in the immediate Richmond area, but inexpensive day tickets can be obtained for all the club’s waters from Gilsan Sports, 5 Market Place, Richmond, DL10 4HU, telephone: 01748 822108.

About twenty minutes down the A1 from Scotch Corner is the Dishforth Interchange, where the Great North Road meets the A168. If you bear left here and follow the signs that direct you onto the A168 towards Thirsk, after about a mile, the first exit takes you up a slip road. At the top, take the right turn signed for Cundall. There are two very good lower Swale day ticket fisheries down this road and the first, Cundall Lodge Farm, comprises about a mile of fishing in fairly slow, deep water that fishes well for barbel, chub, perch, pike and bream. Tickets (£5) are available at the farmhouse, which is by the main road just before the village of Cundall. Cars can be taken down and parked on the bank – turn in through the gate that is just before the house.

The second day ticket fishery is just a couple of miles further downstream on the opposite bank and is made up of more streamy water controlled by the Helperby & Brafferton Angling Club. To find the water, continue on through Cundall and after another couple of miles you’ll cross the river at Thornton Bridge. On the opposite side of the bridge, take the first left turning and the first left after that, then follow this narrow lane for about a mile until you approach some farm buildings on the right (Fawdington). Day tickets (again £5) are available from the farmhouse, or alternatively from the village shop in Helperby (continue straight on for another mile after Thornton Bridge). The river is just over the fence from the houses at Fawdington and this water fishes well for most coarse species but is particularly good for barbel and pike. Contact: Stuart Tate. Tel: 01347 821831.

River Tees. See entry for County Durham.

River Ure. The Ure, close to the small cathedral city of Ripon, is an excellent setting for a fine variety of river game and/or mixed coarse fishing, depending on your preference. There are Brown Trout, Grayling, Chub, Perch, Barbel, Bream, Roach and Dace to be caught here and the Ripon Piscatorial Association controls around six miles of double bank fishing up and downstream of the city, as well as fly-only fishing for Brown Trout in the Ure’s small tributary, the river Laver. Membership details can be found on the association’s website (, but £6 day tickets for the river can be bought from Bondgate Post Office, Ripon News (on North Street) and Ure Bank Caravan Site (all in Ripon) as well as Fish ‘n’ Things Tackle Shop, Horsefair, Boroughbridge.

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14 Responses for “Coarse & Game Fishing on Rivers in County Durham & North Yorkshire”

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  2. Ben says:

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  4. Chris Jackson says:

    ripon piscatorials do not have the fishing rights on the Skell,it is controlled by Ripon anglers,completely different club and no day tickets

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